The notorious deeds of Renaissance Italy's ruling family clans categorized under Dante Alighieri's nine levels of Hell. Caught in the midst of the Guelph and Ghibelline conflicts of the thirteenth century, Dante would have had a thing or two to say about the avarice, corruption and mercilessness of Italy's competing families. The Malatesta and Rimini are one of many that make frequent appearances in The Divine Comedy.
This infographic focuses on twelve families that existed simulataneously during the span of the Renaissance (1350-1600): Borgia, Medici, Este, Malatesta, Bentivolgio, Baglioni, Petrucci, Gonzaga, Sforza, Colonna, Orsini and Montefeltro.
As an avid history geek, compiling these jaw-dropping stories of lust, crime and gluttony was such a delight. Unfortunately, I only had so much room to fit a comprehensive snapshot of the times. Better upload of the infographic coming soon. Deviantart is experiencing difficulty with my large, high resolution file.